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Name:  Francesco Levato  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Levato is currently the director of The Chicago School of Poetics, and a former Executive Director of the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Poet, translator, and filmmaker Francesco Levato is the author of four books of poetry: Endless, Beautiful, Exact; Elegy for Dead Languages; War Rug, a book length documentary poem; and Marginal State. He has translated into English the books of Italian poets Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing, and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore. His work has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in poetry from New England College.


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Marginal State
ISBN: 1933126248

Fractal Edge Press. 2006

Distilled verse and hard imagery exposes the effects of contemporary social, cultural, and political practices on the human condition. Nothing in the poems is named by indirection to achieve a managed effect. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful are present without artifice or distortion - the truth will out. You will see clearly and act or close your eyes, ears, and heart to life as it is and live on in your imaginary shell of avoidance. Be brave. See the world for what it is.

Elegy for Dead Languages
ISBN: 1934851256

Marick Press. 2010

Poetry. ELEGY FOR DEAD LANGUAGES collects in print the long documentary poems "War Rug," "Elegy for Dead Languages," and "Hood, Handgun, Power Drill." "Francesco Levato's powerful documentary, War Rug—like Eliot Weinberger's What I Heard About Iraq before it—detains the language of the perpetrators of global military aggression and redeploys it to indict them. From J.C. Penny catalog copy to counterintelligence manuals and autopsy reports, War Rug is a fierce yet unfortunate reminder of the absolute horrors of our age"—Mark Nowak.


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